Interview | Mason Monsevais

Interview | Mason Monsevais

Interview with Mason Monsevais, the previously #1 Ranked Blue Belt in the World out of Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy

Mason has been on the top of the figurative and literal podium for the past 2 years at Blue Belt. He is now tearing up the purple belt division since he was promoted by the Mendes Brothers back at the end of 2014. He is one of the up and coming young stars in the sport, If you are a teen you should be looking to him as an inspiration, if you are an adult, you should be looking out for him at competitions because you are going to have one hell of a match. I got to chit chat with Mason about how his diet plays a crucial role in his journey to the top. But enough of me jabber jawing, let’s get right into it.

 

WorldsLet’s start with everyone’s favorite topic, tell us a little about who you are. Accomplishments, lifestyle, what you might think we need to know, etc.

My name is Mason Monsevais. I’m a full-time coach & competitor at the Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy in Costa Mesa. I was the #1 ranked adult male blue belt overall for the past two years and just received my purple belt from the Mendes Brothers in December of 2014, exactly two years after receiving my blue belt.

Mendes and Mason Oreo.
Mendes and Mason Oreo.

 

Time for the nitty-gritty. What is your average everyday diet like? Do you follow a certain guideline? 

I normally start off my day with a bowl of oatmeal and black coffee around 6AM. I absolutely love oatmeal and the coffee is a must to get my day going. After that, I don’t really eat much until after competition class at around noon. For lunch I’ll normally eat chicken and either brown rice or black beans. I normally take snacks like date bars or protein bars with me to the gym at around 2:30PM when I go back to teach kids classes and to train the night classes. I normally get home at around 9:30PM and I’ll have more chicken and either brown rice or black beans.

White on white on white on white on....
White on white on white on white on….

 

I personally am a breakfast nut. What is your favorite breakfast? 

For breakfast I typically eat oatmeal with almond butter and chia seeds mixed in. Call me crazy but I personally don’t like typical breakfast foods like eggs, bacon, etc. Besides oatmeal I also enjoy yogurt and fruit.

What is your pre-training and post-training intake like? 

Pre-training I NEED caffeine. I don’t like to eat too much before training or else I feel slow and sleepy. After training I normally drink a ton of water and will enjoy a big lunch or dinner.

What part of your diet do you feel is the most important and why? 

For me I feel like the caffeine from the coffee and Purps Fuel helps me get through the day. Whether I’m teaching or training, the caffeine gives me good energy to put 100% effort into whatever I’m doing.

Does everyone over at AoJ have any specific products they swear by? EI Purps? 

 

 

I bet you wish your garage has storage like this.
I bet you wish your garage has storage like this.

We all love Purps Fuel. I drink one before competition class and another before teaching kids classes. In high school and in college I would drink Rockstar Energy Drinks and would feel absolutely horrible. Purps gives me good energy and I never really experience a “crash” afterwards.

Do you all go out to eat regularly together and generally have the same taste in food? 

It’s hard for us to go out during the week because we are in the gym from 7AM – 9PM every day but we try to get together for dinner on the weekends. Normally for sushi!

In what ways does your competition diet change from your normal diet?

 Since I don’t have to cut weight I don’t normally alter my diet for a competition. I try to eat and drink pretty clean in everyday life so I feel comfortable eating the same foods leading up to a tournament.

 

Slap hands and bump fists with your diet first.
Slap hands and bump fists with your diet first.

The week before competition how do you eat? 

Nothing really changes from my everyday diet. I am still eating the same foods and drinking a lot of water.

What do you eat the night before, day of and post competition?

The night before the competition I normally like to eat a big meal (even if I’m not hungry) and drink a ton of water so I’m properly hydrated. I don’t typically eat too much during the competition but I’ll have my bowl of oatmeal in the morning and drink a lot of water throughout the tournament. Post-competition we typically go out as a team and enjoy sushi together.

Do you have any pre-competition eating rituals, good luck foods or anything along those lines? 

3 Training Partners.
3 Training Partners.

 

I don’t have any pre-competition eating rituals or good luck foods but I need a Purps Fuel before my first match. I always travel and bring a few along with me.

Overall what do you think is the most common meal you find yourself eating? Supplements aside. 

My most common meal is definitely chicken mixed in with lettuce, rice, black beans and avocado. For a snack I love popcorn.

What are your top 5 favorite ingredients/foods?

Top this many foods.
Top this many foods.

 

 My top five favorites are: 1) popcorn 2) black beans 3) avocado / guacamole 4) acai 5) chicken or steak.

What are the challenges you find maintaining your diet?

The toughest thing for me is being prepared and having food ready. A lot of times I’m exhausted after competition class or night class and I don’t want to prepare food. I also need to have snacks ready to go for when I train & teach because I’m hardly ever at home.

If there was a skill or cooking technique that you would like to learn to improve your arsenal what would it be? Or is there a food you wish you knew how to make?

I definitely wish I was better at cooking all-around (haha)! I was really fortunate as a kid my parents would always take care of me by having food & snacks prepared. As I got older and moved out, I was forced to learn how to cook but I’m definitely still an amateur.

Not that amateur
Not that amateur

Do you take any supplements? If so what does your plan look like?

No I don’t take any supplements, just caffeine in the form of black coffee and Purps Fuel. I feel as long as I have caffeine I will be able to train at 100%.

Win as a team, lose as a team. Your diet effects everyone.
Win as a team, lose as a team. Your diet effects everyone.

I would like to thank Mason for taking the time out of his busy day to share his way of life with us. No matter who you are, as long as you are part of this sport, you understand that you can learn something from anyone. Mason is not just anyone. If your diet is in check and you want to learn how to save 10% OFF some products use grapplergourmet at Inverted Gear or GOURMET10 at Q5 Sports Nutrition. Or better yet! gg-5 over at my newest sponsor Datsusara for 5% OFF! But most importantly remember to eat well, train hard. OSS

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